Blood Drive - Water Utilities, Streets and Solid Waste won recognition as the top group in Civic, Government and Community groups within the Irving, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Midlothian, Cedar Hill, May Pearl, Italy and Venus area for Carter Blood Care, 2007.
Giving Back to Irving Residents - City staff from various departments including Water Utilities used their personal time to give back to the community. They cleared brush away, replaced siding, caulked and painted to bring designated houses up to city code and contribute to making Irving a model for safe and beautiful neighborhoods.
Special thanks to Home Depot, Kelly Moore Paints, Highpoint Church and Sonic Drive Inn.
Austin Middle School - Water Utilities participated in career day and held conversations with roughly 150 students and several teachers about careers in the water and wastewater industry.
Lively Elementary - Water Utilities staff provided a special water presentation to third-grade students at Lively Elementary. Students learned about water as a limited natural resource and the importance of conserving and caring for water. Additionally, participants were fascinated by an exhibit, which demonstrated how easily water sources are contaminated and saw firsthand what happens to pipes that become clogged with fats, oils and grease.
Water Utilities Partnership with Irving ISD - The students at the Union Bower Learning Center will completed Chapter 4 on Groundwater from their basic water manual. To date the students have completed the following:
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Presentations - The Environmental Compliance Division of Water Utilities presented the FOG program at a PTA meeting for Stripes Elementary School on October 6. Approximately 1,000 attendees visited the FOG and Water Conservation presentations.
Career Fair Presentations - The Environmental Compliance Division of Water Utilities manned a booth at the Lamar Jr. High School Career Fair on October 15 for the eighth grade students. There were approximately 300 students that visited the environmental booth to gain knowledge and insight into the water industry.
Superior Water Quality Rating- The City of Irving has maintained its superior water quality rating from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. A comprehensive inspection was conducted on July 9, which included a review of operational and sampling records and the system's water storage facilities. In addition, the inspectors performed chlorine residual and water pressure tests throughout the distribution system.